Brett Neely Feature Archive

The Defense of Marriage Act is no more, and some of Minnesota's members of Congress say it's time to move on and focus on other issues. (06/27/2013)
The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. (06/25/2013)
The U.S. House has rejected a five year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who receive them. (06/20/2013)
An amendment to cut off government spending on NASCAR and pro-wrestling sponsorships put forward by Rep. Betty McCollum, DFL-Minn., fell short in the U.S. House on Friday. (06/14/2013)
Minnesota U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones was grilled by senators Tuesday during his confirmation hearing to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. (06/11/2013)
Minnesota's U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones appears before a U.S. Senate committee, nominated as the permanent head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. (06/11/2013)
The Senate is poised to pass a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill Monday that would expand government subsidies for crop insurance, rice and peanuts while making small cuts in the food stamp program. (06/10/2013)
The farm bill passed a major procedural hurdle in the U.S. Senate Thursday when a vote to end debate won approval by a wide margin. On Monday, the bill could receive a vote in the full Senate, where it is expected to pass. (06/06/2013)
President Barack Obama chose Jones for the post in January but his nomination has languished for months. (06/04/2013)
A scheduled hearing for Minnesota's U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones' nomination as head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has been postponed. (06/03/2013)
Democrats and Republicans alike have condemned the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups that applied for nonprofit status. But if there's bipartisan condemnation, Republicans have begun to use the scandal to criticize Democrats who raised concerns about some groups that may have been abusing their nonprofit status. DFL Sen. Al Franken is one whom the right has criticized. (05/31/2013)
After four terms in Congress, Republican Michelle Bachmann has decided not to run for re-election. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Washington correspondent Brett Neely about Bachmann's decision to only serve out her current term. (05/29/2013)
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson is one of four House Democrats who are the target of a Republican campaign this week to draw attention to the Internal Revenue Service scandal while also getting a hit in on the federal affordable care act. (05/28/2013)
Minnesota's 6th Congressional District is setting up to feature the most expensive and closely watched congressional race in Minnesota next year. (05/28/2013)
In a mostly party-line vote Thursday, the U.S. House passed a bill introduced by Minnesota Rep. John Kline, R-2nd District, that would tie student loan interest rates to market rates. (05/23/2013)